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Nairobi JKIA airport transfers to Serengeti

Nairobi JKIA airport transfers to Serengeti

Nairobi JKIA Airport Transfers to Serengeti

Enjoy a fun and exciting travel experience straight from the airport when you book Nairobi JKIA airport Transfers to Serengeti! Whether you’re traveling with a group, with a friend, or just traveling solo, you can surely book a vehicle most suited for you. With a wide range of options offered at the best prices, you can compare your options easily and book in just a click. You can even customize your vehicle and add on child seats for the young passengers aboard. Get instant confirmation right after booking and in just a tap of a finger, you’re all set! 

A professional driver will be assigned to you that will take you to your preferred destination instantly. Upon arrival at the airport, go straight to the city center, head to your hotel, or explore the city right away. Engage in a cultural escapade as you unravel Arusha’s history and discover its breathtaking sights. Make your stay worthwhile and don’t forget to include these destinations in your itinerary: Lake TarangireTarangire National ParkSerengeti Natonal ParkMto wa Mbue, and Karutu

Serengeti National Park Map

Serengeti FAQ

The closest international airport to Serengeti National Park is Kilimanjaro International Airport. However, the drive from between them is about eight hours. Travellers have the option of taking a domestic flight into Arusha International Airport, which is closer to the park, but this option is less direct.

1. By car from Arusha

Suitable for explorers

The drive to Serengeti National Park from Arusha Airport will take roughly eight hours, but you’ll enjoy some incredible scenery along the way! When visiting Serengeti we highly recommend exploring the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a protected area suitable for wild animal spotting and home to a vast volcanic crater.

2. By plane from Arusha

Suitable for travellers with a tight schedule

The fastest way to get to Serengeti is by taking a small plane from a regional airport such as Arusha Airport to one of the several small airstrips located directly inside the park. To best way to get to Arusha Airport is by taking a domestic flight from Kilimanjaro International Airport, Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam or Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.

Pro tip: Many Serengeti safaris depart from Arusha. Take a look at and find the most suitable tour for safari!

3. By plane from Dar es Salaam

Suitable for travellers with a tight schedule

Alternatively, to a domestic flight from Arusha it is possible to take a domestic flight from Dar es Salaam to Serengeti. More than eight flights per day depart to Serengeti National Park with a flight duration of about two hours. Julius Nyerere International Airport, Tanzania’s largest and busiest airport, is located 12 km from Dar es Salaam. International airlines such as Emirates, KLM, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines operate at this airport.

4. By bus from Nairobi

For budget travellers

Another option is to fly into Nairobi in Kenya and take a shuttle bus to the park. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi has scheduled flights from over 50 countries and serves as the major transportation hub in Eastern Africa. The driving distance between Nairobi and Serengeti is about 360 km and takes about eight hours from A to B. After having arrived in Nairobi take a local shuttle bus to Arusha (about five hours drive). Be sure to check in advance if you will require a visa for passing through the Kenya/Tanzania border. 

The rich grasslands of the Serengeti allow it to support the millions of wildebeest that live here, before the dry season forces them north towards the Mara in southern Kenya.

Woodlands and acacia trees dot the landscape, as do ‘koppies’, large granite outcrops rising up from the plains.

As well as the famous wildebeest migration, the park is home to the Big Five: rhino, lions, leopards buffalo, and elephant. 

The Serengeti is home to some of the world’s fiercest predators: cheetah, spotted hyena (usually in the morning), jackal, bat-eared-fox, and wild dog. The park has the highest concentration of predators in Africa.

Alongside these you’ll find giraffes, mongoose, baboons, aardvarks, colobus monkeys, monitor lizards, and giant Nile crocodiles.

The park also has the highest ostrich population in Africa, and more than 350 species of birds. 

There are at least four endangered animal species; the black rhino, elephant, wild dog, and cheetah. 

During the dry season, when the short grasses and reduced watering holes make wildlife sightings much easier, it’s not uncommon to return from a safari in a state of silent disbelief. The abundance of wildlife, the beauty of the park, the sheer scale of it all. 

There are three popular regions for safari in the Serengeti: the southern plains, the central Seronera Valley, and the western corridor. 

The southern plains are flat, open areas of short grassland. This is the quintessential Serengeti landscape, and what you probably picture in your head when you think of safari.

The central Seronera Valley is a network of river valleys whose rich grazing grounds attract the largest numbers of wildlife in the region. This is the most popular area to visit.

The western corridor is an area of land stretching west from Lake Victoria. It follows the path of the Grumeti river, the first of the wildebeest’s perilous crossing.

A particularly interesting area is the Serengeti hippo pool in the east of the park, where giant hippos pile on top of each other in small pools, bathing in the water.

Most safaris leave early in the morning, around 06:30 and return at midday for lunch at the camp. In the afternoon, you’ll head back out and return for sundowners at the end of the day. Night drives are not possible in the Serengeti. 

Four days. Serengeti is a huge national park so we would recommend minimum four days in order to properly explore it and find the wildlife. Being so large, you do need to spend time driving around looking for the Big Five, which takes time. Plus in four days you’ll experience different weather and a variety of safari experiences.
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) which is situated between Arusha and Moshi, this is the most common entry point into the country for those exploring the Northern Safari Circuit that includes the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara.

The best time to see the migration is from July to October. This is the dry season, and in June and July the herds will be facing their biggest challenge: the Mara river crossing. 

If you are keen on seeing the predators in action, go in January or February, when there is a hiatus in the annual rains and the wildebeest calve.

The average temperature in the park during the year is 25-28 degrees Celsius.

Note that travelling in the peak seasons naturally comes with higher costs, and there’s a certain beauty about the country during or just after the rains. 

Getting to Serengeti National Park by road

Serengeti drive-in safaris

The most popular way to travel to Serengeti National Park by road is by booking a drive-in safari. In general the drive-in safaris start from the town of Arusha. As it will take approximately eight hours to travel from Arusha to the Serengeti National Park, an overnight stay at one or more wildlife sites en route is usually part of your safari itinerary.

Serengeti self-drive safaris

Although not recommended, the Serengeti National Park is accessible when travelling by (rental) vehicle. Please keep in mind that careful planning is necessary when driving by yourself through the Serengeti National Park. A 4×4 vehicle is required to be able to access all roads throughout the year. Petrol is sold at Seronera in the Southern Serenget.

Things to consider before rent a car in Tanzania

When you land at Nairobi Airport

You will be instructed to get your hand luggage when your aircraft lands at Nairobi JKIA airport and to go down some steps to the runway’s asphalt. While many flights land at the airport without stopping in Europe and North America, most airports in East Africa lack the infrastructure to allow passengers to depart through a ramp and land at the airport. You will depart the aircraft straight outside, a few hundred meters away from the airport building, using a stairway on wheels that will be linked to the exits. Ask the flight attendants if you need help bringing your hand luggage into the airport; they will be pleased to assist.

You will be taken to immigration together with the rest of the passengers on your aircraft, where multiple immigration agents are waiting to stamp your passport and provide a warm welcome to Kenya Simply have the printed page available to show the officers if you have previously obtained your visa through the electronic service, and choose the visa line

You may then pick up your checked luggage in the baggage claim area, which is just after immigration. Customs could ask to see your baggage once you have them all. Customs officials frequently just check for contraband or attempt to transport goods in large quantities for resale. You;re done now! To reach the arrival area, which is outside, keep going through the exit doors.

With several crossing points along the border and direct bus connections in between, traveling overland from Kenya to Tanzania is easy, fast and cheap.There are 5 border crossings connecting Kenya to Tanzania. However, from these 5 crossings, 2 of them are mostly used by travelers visiting Kilimanjaro, Serengeti or going straight to Dar es Salaam.The borders to Tanzania are: Lunga Lunga Mombasa to Tanga, Taveta Mombasa to Kilimanjaro, Loitoktok to Kilimanjaro, Namanga Nairobi to Arusha, Isebania to Serengeti  

Nairobi JKIA Airport transfer to Serengeti

Crossing At Isebania to Serengeti

You can cross the border just west of the Masai Mara and Serengeti (between Kenya and Tanzania) at a little border post called Isebania. The problem with the route through Isebania is that the road on both sides of the border is very bumpy and uncomfortable. Moreover, the total time taken to travel from Mara to Isebania and then to a camp in Serengeti could take over half a day. This doesn’t include the time that might be wasted at the border, which could constitute about an hour to a few hours, depending on the traffic at the border. An overnight stay will usually be required in this route.

Crossing At Namanga

Namanga route is a better option for those wanting to avoid paying for flights and still wish to enjoy a safari in both countries. The problem with the route through Namanga is that it’s pretty far away from both the areas as well, even though the ride through this route is a bit more comfortable. Another problem with road travel includes the fact that you need to purchase a permit for vehicles when crossing the border. This can cost you a lot! If you’re not driving yourself, you can cross the border on foot and then request another travel agency to pick you up from the other side of the border.

Arusha town to Serengeti

Distance from Arusha to Serengeti

Kilimanjaro international airport to Serengeti national park is about 420 kilometres. It takes about 8 hours to drive from the airport to the gates of Serengeti national park during safaris. Another option of getting to Serengeti national park Tanzania safarisis by taking a domestic flight from Arusha airport to the airstrips around the national park such as Seronera airstrip, Kogatende airstrip, Ndutu airstrip, Lobo airstrip, Grumeti airstrip, Sasakwa airstrip and also Kirawira airstrip.

Some of the airlines which offer domestic flights to Serengeti national park include Coastal aviation, Regional air, Flight link Tanzania among others. The flight from Arusha to Serengeti national park takes about 2 to 3 hours.

Alternatively after spending the first night of the safari in Arusha after landing Kilimanjaro international airportyou can be driven to Serengeti national park and this drive can take about 7 hours, Distance from Kilimanjaro International airport. safari vehicles are used during these drives and they can be rented for use during self-drives around the national park or a tour operator provides the safari vehicles to be used for driving the tourists as they explore Serengeti national park during their safaris

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Safari to Serengeti national park, one can either choose to fly to Serengeti or to drive to the national park. Due to the long driving distance and time spent on the road, longer safaris in Serengeti national park are recommended and for those who have a short time for safari, they can choose flights to Serengeti national park during their Tanzania safaris. Serengeti national park can be by also driving from the wildlife viewing destinationswhich are found close to the park such accessed as the Ngorongoro crater, Tarangire national park, Lake Manyara national park and also Arusha national park.

After getting to Serengeti national park for safaris, there is so much to explore including the vast savannah plains where numerous wildlife species like the big five (elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalos) can be seen during a safari. The national park covers over 14750 square kilometers, drives are among the activities which are carried out during safaris in Serengeti national park  and they can be done in the morning or afternoon and during the evening time while enjoying the sunset over the endless savannah plains of Serengeti national park. wildlife species which can be spotted during game drives around the national park include elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, kudu, waterbucks, impalas, zebras, wildebeests, hyenas, hartebeests, dik dik among others

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The Gateway of Africa Wildlife 

The famed game reserves of Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and Mount Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania are all accessible from Kilimanjaro International Airport. Living up to its intended role as ;The Gateway of Africa’s Wildlife Heritage; at the inauguration ceremony in December 1971, Kilimanjaro International Airport is now served by a number of international airlines, including KLM, Ethiopian Airlines, Condor Air, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Kenya Airways, as well as a number of domestic and regional airlines, making it the busiest airport in Tanzania after Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in Dar es Salaam

Popular Lodges and Tented Camps in Serengeti

 Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti,  Meliá Serengeti Lodge,  Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, Mbalageti Serengeti, Kenzan Tented Camp Ikoma, Mbali Mbali Soroi Serengeti Lodge, andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas, Kisura Serengeti Camp, Serengeti Simba Lodge, Singita Serengeti House, Serengeti Bushtops Luxury Camp , Serengeti Tanzania Bush Camp, Ole Serai Luxury Camps, Moru Kopjes, Ole Serai Luxury Camps, Turner Springs , Serengeti Mawe Tented Camp, Melia Serengeti Lodge Member of Melia , One Nature Nyaruswiga Serengeti, Serengeti Simba Lodge, Osero Serengeti Tented Camp, Soroi Serengeti Lodge, Cherero Camp Thorn Tree, Kirawira Serena Camp, Kenzan Tented Camp, Serengeti River Camp, Kon Tiki Serengeti Camp, Seronera Wildlife Lodge, Serengeti Savannah Camps, Lobo Wildlife Lodge, Serengeti Wildbeest Camp , Pumzika Luxury Safari Camp , Serengeti Kifaru Tented Camp , Gnu Mara River Camp , One Nature Narusigwa Serengeti, Briston Serengeti Hotel , Serengeti Kamwene Tented Camp , Serengeti Budget Campsite & Safari, Kananga Special Tented Camp, Serengeti Sametu Camp , Yellow Barbet Tented Camp, Serengeti Pioneer Camp, Aurari Camp, Serengeti Woodlands Camp , Cherero Camp,  Serengeti Wild Camp, Little Okavango Camp Serengeti , Grumeti Migration Camp , Serengeti Safari Lodge , Serengeti Migration Camp,   Africa Safari Maasai Boma Zawadi Camp Serengeti , Asanja Moru , Africa Safari Maasai Boma Camping , Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp,   Africa Safari Serengeti  Ikoma

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